Arbil Limited’s Molly Smith Wins Prestigious Apprentice of the Year Title

24 January 2014

Committed to leading the field when it comes to apprenticeships; West Midlands based Arbil Limited is pleased to announce one of its outstanding apprentices has won the title of City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild Apprentice of the Year 2013.

Molly Smith, who joined the leading lifting gear, rail product and 4x4 accessory manufacturer and supplier back in August 2012, saw off competition in numbers from the midlands area to win the title. Molly began her apprenticeship in Business Administration with Arbil Limited after going through a highly competitive interview process. Molly explains,

“After completing my AS levels and attending college to begin a Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration, I quickly realised that just sitting in a class room wasn’t for me. I wanted to continue my learning but be doing this whilst in a job where I could gain real hands on experience whilst earning a salary. This was when I was put in touch with Arbil through City College Coventry and I haven’t looked back since.”

With its 50 year history, Arbil was one of the first midland manufacturing based employers to open up its doors to apprentices. Molly was one of a number of applicants who regularly apply to join the Arbil team in manufacturing, customer facing and ‘behind the scenes’ roles.  Chris Maughan, Arbil Branch Controller, details why Molly stood out from the rest,

“When the requirement arose for a further member of office staff due to growth at the branch, we looked no further than City College Coventry and their apprenticeship schemes. Arbil employ in excess of 70 people and bringing in apprentices to add to this number is vital to continue to train individuals with the skill sets we need. The Principles of Business and Administration course which Molly applied for with us was inundated with CV’s of a very high calibre. Molly stood out to us because of her level of maturity, people skills and enthusiasm, combined with the capabilities to do the job asked of her.’ Maughan continues,

‘Since joining us Molly has become an extremely popular member of the team, not only building relationships with work colleagues but also customers and suppliers. In a nationwide organisation made up of 5 fully owned sites, including a head office in Lye & the branch in Coventry which Molly primarily works from, it can sometimes be daunting starting a new role; however Molly has taken everything in her stride. Molly has gone over and above the call of duty on numerous occasions and has even managed to open brand new trading accounts with other local businesses within her first year.”

Both Molly and Arbil have been presented with trophies to mark their successes as an employer and employee. Molly has also been awarded a cheque for £1000 by the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild for all of her hard work and efforts.

Keen to continue to develop its apprentice’s careers, Arbil Limited is now also working with Molly to support her with her Higher Apprenticeship where she will study a Level 4 Diploma in Business and Professional Administration.

Arbil Limited is always keen to employ local, enthusiastic, young people. If Molly’s success story is something you would like to achieve simply contact with your CV and cover letter.
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